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  • A Historic Week for Parental Choice in Education, from D.C. to the Heartland

    The month of March closed with a victorious week for schoolchildren and families across the nation. School choice bills passed in both Washington, D.C., and in Indiana to expand educational options for students.

    In Washington, the SOAR Act sailed through the House on a 225–195 vote, reauthorizing and expanding the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), which has been under attack by the Obama Administration for the last two years. In Indiana, legislation that has been cited as the “broadest” voucher expansion bill in the country similarly won hands-down in the Indiana House.

    Leaders in both capitals hailed the victories. In Washington, House Education Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) said last Wednesday:

    Today’s vote is a victory for disadvantaged students throughout our nation’s capital. Over the last seven years, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has placed a quality education within reach of students previously trapped in underperforming schools. This program has engaged parents, motivated children, and helped the dream of a diploma become a reality for thousands of D.C. students.

    In a similar vein, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma noted:

    This is about promoting opportunity, focused tightly on those that have no choice today. … I’m here to give parents—especially parents without the means—opportunities for their children.”

    The SOAR Act not only restores the DCOSP—which provides scholarships to low-income students in D.C.—it also expands the DCOSP to allow more students to receive scholarships.

    Indiana’s legislation would provide families with a portion of their children’s public school funding to use on their choice of private schools. The amount of money families receive would be based on income levels. Reports the Indianapolis Star:

    A student whose family’s income equals 100 percent of the threshold to qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches would get 90 percent of that money. For a student whose family’s income equals 150 percent of that threshold, the student would get 50 percent of the money.

    While Indiana’s voucher bill is expected to pass the state Senate, DCOSP’s fate in the U.S. Senate is unknown. Nor will the DCOSP get support from the Obama Administration. Unfortunately, President Obama has yet to understand the benefit of this scholarship program.

    That perspective “puts you on the wrong side of history,” says commentator Juan Williams in Heritage’s film Let Me Rise.

    Today, from D.C. to Indiana, the rallying cry of parents and students for school choice is being heard by their leaders. And it’s not stopping there. As Michelle Rhee, former D.C. schools chancellor and supporter of DCOSP, stated:

    We have the opportunity in Indiana today for this state to be leading the change across the rest of the nation.

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    6 Responses to A Historic Week for Parental Choice in Education, from D.C. to the Heartland

    1. Paul Rinderle says:

      If theres a Union involved in your kids education your kid is in effect already disabled.

    2. Randy131 in Florida says:

      The Indiana Law will require Union teachers to improve their skills and results in teaching, or be decimated by lack of students and thereby losing the need for their employment by the state. Unfortunately, the Bill passed in DC will only delay the outcome that will prevail in Indiana, that produces a good education for all, instead of just a lucky few, as will now happen in DC. The Indiana Law re-instates free-enterprise competition, affordable by not just a few, but all, into our educational systems, and will improve their results tremendously. A policy that should be adopted by all states that want to improve their educational systems and lower their costs. But if you try, the teachers Unions will fight you tooth and nail, for they value those jobs held by inefficient and substandard teachers that are now not accountable for the results of their teaching. In Indiana now, those teachers will be held accountable by the parents of the children that are failing in the situations they were forced in to, and can decide to go else-where for a better attempt at the educational process. The good old American way, GOD bless Ameirca and her children. In the past a teacher judged his or her success not by the achievement of their best students, but of the achievement of their worst, a policy that has been abandoned by the teachers' Unions, so as to make themselves feel good and think they are doing a good job, when they are not.

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    5. Verus Langham, Gentr says:

      "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country" An amazing basic typing lesson from my formative years; but it now resounds with quality and depth because it echoes, laments even the most basic principle in what is most needed in this time of our historic stand against all that is OBAMANATION, oops (took liberties like a left-winger with abomination and the name of the impostor who dictates from behind the doors of the seat of the power of our Republican government). Oh yeah, it is still a Republic and all good men are indeed being called upon to come to the aid of this nation in the face of continual onslaughts that directly affect the true treasure of this country… our children are our national treasure and it is for them we must be vigilant and progressive in the preservation of the freedoms insured by our Constitution. Without every possible piece of legislative action being brought to bear in their behalf equals failed think tanks (every one of them are) that are both healthy and prepared to meet future demands upon them. We must strive to give them our all.

    6. Verus Langham, Gentr says:

      "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country" An amazing basic typing lesson from my formative years; but it now resounds with quality and depth because it echoes, laments even the most basic principle in what is most needed in this time of our historic stand against all that is an obamanation, oops (took liberties like a left-winger with abomination and the name of the impostor who dictates from behind the doors of the seat of the power of our Republican government). Oh yeah, it is still a Republic and all good men are indeed being called upon to come to the aid of this nation in the face of continual onslaughts that directly affect the true treasure of this country… our children are our national treasure and it is for them we must be vigilant and progressive in the preservation of the freedoms insured by our Constitution. Without every possible piece of legislative action being brought to bear in their behalf equals failed think tanks (every one of them are) that are both healthy and prepared to meet future demands upon them. We must strive to give them our all.

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